Through the Innovation Hub we encourage and support innovation in financial markets and ultimately promote effective competition. Find out how to request our support.
The Direct Support Team provides a dedicated contact for innovator businesses that are considering applying for authorisation or a variation of permission, need support when doing so, or do not need to be authorised but could benefit from our support.
We can also help businesses understand our regulatory regime and the challenges they may face when developing an innovative product or business model.
Find out how we determine eligibility for Direct Support.
- Request for support form (DOC, 115KB, 2 pages)
Please email the form to firstname.lastname@example.org along with basic information about your product or service, your business or any other information you think will support your request.
Request our support
When you request support from the Direct Support Team you have to provide basic information about your product or service, and about your business.
The more relevant information you are able to provide, the quicker we are able to determine whether you are suitable for support from the Direct Support Team.
We will let you know if we need additional information to make a decision about your eligibility for support.
If your request is not eligible for Direct Support we will direct you to the most appropriate point of contact in the organisation.
Response to enquiries
If you are eligible for Direct Support we will establish the most appropriate form of support, such as:
- explaining relevant parts of the regulatory regime
- providing an informal steer on potential regulatory implications at an early stage of developing an innovative product or business model
- giving an informal steer or individual guidance to help address concerns or issues
You will be provided with a dedicated contact that will work with you and may draw on expertise from across the organisation.
In some cases, we may advise and help you to submit an application for authorisation.
Disclaimer (PDF, 235KB, 1 page): see what it means when we give an informal steer.
Prepare for authorisation
If we decide that your business needs to apply for authorisation or a variation of permission, a dedicated Direct Support case officer will help you prepare an application.
Your case officer will work closely with you to understand your business model and identify any additional information that may be required when applying for authorisation.
The time required to prepare an application for authorisation depends on your case, but we will work with you to address challenges and communicate our expectations throughout.
Apply for authorisation
We will work with innovator businesses to ensure an application for authorisation or a variation of permission is accurate and complete.
You case officer will also be able to address any issues or concerns until a decision is made about your application.
The cost of applying for authorisation after engagement with the Direct Support Team is the same as our usual authorisation application fee.
Receive ongoing support
We will continue to support your business once authorised for up to a year.
This could include assisting with regulatory returns or dealing with general queries about our regulation.
When this support is due to end we will have an exit meeting and provide an ‘exit pack’ before you enter our normal regulatory framework and processes.
The ongoing support we provide to innovator businesses is only for those that would not otherwise have a dedicated supervisor.
Fostering innovation and facilitating external engagement
Each of these functions will support our objective of fostering innovation, with lessons learned used to identify trends and potential issues at an earlier stage.
This information will be used to identify possible policy and process changes.
Practical support for businesses will be complemented by an array of external events, including roundtables, surgeries and thematic workshops.